April 10, 2018
I’m a little obsessive about sleep. And I have to admit- I’m one of those annoying people who gets a solid seven to eight hours of sleep each night. While there are lots of really real reasons why a good night's sleep isn’t a reality for everyone (shift work, babies, a snoring person in your bed), I’m a big believer that a few simple changes to your space can make a big difference in how you live and feel.
Read on for 5 ways to make your bedroom a sleep sanctuary!
1. The Right Set-Up We have a ginormous bed in a smallish room, which means I have about 12 inches between my side of the bed and the window. This requires a little creativity to fit in a light and bedside table, but I think it's so important to create an environment that sets you up for sleep success! If you’re short on space like me, try a wall sconce like this one or this cute option. To make a bedside table, I cut down an Ikea shelf, then covered the raw edge with these sleek brackets. It gives me just enough space for a few books, a notepad, and a glass of water.
2. Scents Aromatherapy can be a powerful way to relieve stress, relax the body and promote sleep. Scents that can be particularly helpful are lavender, jasmine, bergamot and chamomile. Feeling crafty? Check out our simple tutorial and make your own soothing lavender eye pillows.
4. A Stack of Books (and no screens) I keep a few books beside my bed, and try my best to spend the last few minutes of my day reading versus staring at my phone. If a novel seems impossible to get through, try a book of short stories or a little poetry. Not a reader? Zone out with an audiobook or a podcast (find my current podcast recommendations here).
5. Luxurious Bedding Ok- this might warrant its own blog post, but slipping into a beautifully-made bed at the end of the day is one of my favourite things. For sheets, stick with natural fibres such as cotton, linen or silk. Try Egyptian or Pima cotton sheets, and don’t get too focused on thread count; the type of cotton is more important. In the winter, we add a down duvet as a middle layer- the fluffy filling is warm and lightweight. If you’re allergy prone, synthetic fillings in rayon or polyester are another option, although they won’t be as effective at regulating temperatures. Year-round, our top layer is (of course!) a colourful Homeday quilt. The 100% cotton batting in our lightweight quilts have a high-thermal value, making them warm in winter while wicking moisture away for coolness in the summer.
There you have it- five ways to make your bedroom a sleep sanctuary. Sleep well!
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November 03, 2019
November 01, 2019
This month I was featured in an article by Chatelaine Magazine on bringing punch needle into your home décor. The article touches on the current trend of punch needle, its history, and profiles a number of talented punch needle artists selling patterns, supplies, and finished work. Writer Iris Benaroia interviewed me for the article and included a great little write-up of me and my work. I love the quote she included of me describing punch needle as “the least frustrating craft I’ve ever tried”. Perfectly summed up!
October 05, 2019
Today I’m sharing a free pattern with you: my punch needle grapefruit! This is one of the first things I made with my punch needle and is a great project for beginners.
When you’re done punching your grapefruit you could turn it into a stuffie like I did (‘cause who doesn’t need a plush grapefruit to snuggle with?) or fill in the background and turn it into a wall-hanging.